am very blessed because within my immediate family; I have a
wonderful, successful, loving husband, and a sweet, delightful,
caring, 79 year old mother who runs circles around me. They
are understanding, sympathetic to my conditions, and very supportive.
I also have a brother and sister and their families that are
very loving, considerate, and compassionate.
I have been an Accountant/CPA and Registered Investment Advisor
for my entire career that was cut very short at the age of 38 due to
was very healthy, physically active and worked for only 4 years after
college, when my back problems started.
I was able to keep working for 10 years after my surgeries,
although it was very difficult mentally and physically.
Over the years, my work days started dwindling per week and the
hours became shorter each day, and my leave of absences started
increasing beyond what a professional career could tolerate. While
I struggled to keep the medications down enough to be able to think
for my job and keep my career going, my pain level rose to a point
that left me dysfunctional. At
that point of degeneration, I had to give in and retire permanently at
the age of 38.
back problems began in 1989, at age 27, when I was painting a ceiling
at home in an extension position and my L4-L5-S1 discs herniated.
I had pain from my lower back all the way to my toes.
Since I had never used medication or ever needed doctors
before, I wanted to try the conservative route.
I utilized chiropractic, massage, ultrasound and physical
therapy for a year and a half before I had my first MRI and a
diagnosis of Degenerative Disc Disease and herniations with an
unstable, arthritic back. I
also went through several unsuccessful, and actually damaging, ESI�s
(epidural steriod injections) which started my Arachnoiditis.
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